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TWC lights up Empire State Building with fiber-based services

August 20, 2012 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class, the commercial services division of Time Warner Cable, recently scored a high-profile customer win after expanding its fiber-optic network to the Empire State Building. TWCBC is providing all tenants of the skyscraper with access to a dedicated Internet network that provides high-bandwidth capabilities and speeds that can reach 1,000 Mbps.

Hale Communications the top reseller for Charter Business

August 20, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In its first year as a channel partner, Hale Communications announced it was the top sales leader in the nation for Charter Business services. St. Louis-based Hale brokers telecom services for more than 30 carriers across the nation, including Level 3, AT&T, tw telecom and Windstream.

Reaction mixed on FCC, DOJ approval of Verizon AWS

August 17, 2012 3:23 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Depending on who you ask, the government's approval of Verizon Wireless' AWS purchase is either a good thing or the end of competition as we know it for certain segments of the telecommunications industry. The head of the FCC said he was prepared to approve Verizon's acquisition of AWS spectrum from Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Comcast.

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In Perspective - Sprinkles and a cherry

August 16, 2012 2:18 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

I’ve got an idea on how to improve the regulatory environment for video and other communications services that no one else seems to be suggesting, though I’m sure it will work. I am equally sure it isn’t being suggested because it’s unthinkable.

Snom unveils compact IP PBX for SOHO market

August 15, 2012 3:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Snom technology has added a compact IP PBX for the small office/home office (SOHO) market into its product lineup.

Telcos lose broadband subs for 1st time

August 14, 2012 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With AT&T and Verizon de-emphasizing DSL, net subscriber losses become more likely.

Cox names Morse director of field systems engineering

August 14, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications recently announced that Jim Morse was named as its director of field systems engineering for its New England/Cleveland region.

Windstream shares down after Q2 report

August 10, 2012 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phone company Windstream's second-quarter service revenues came in below Wall Street expectations, sending its stock down close to a two-year low.

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Hawaiian Telcom earns $5.5M in Q2

August 10, 2012 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hawaiian Telcom said its profits were down nearly 18 percent in the second quarter as depreciation costs rose because of investments in its broadband network.

CenturyLink posts lower Q2 net income; revenue up

August 9, 2012 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phone company CenturyLink reported lower net income for the second quarter on Wednesday, dragged down by expenses related to early debt retirement and severance and other charges related to recent acquisitions.

GreenPeak hooks up ZigBee connectivity for home automation

August 9, 2012 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

RF semiconductor vendor GreenPeak Technologies is rolling out new radio chips to support a range of ZigBee networking technologies that will enable more home automation services. 

Comcast keeps customers connected with Movers Edge Program

August 8, 2012 4:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is somewhat easing the burden of moving for its customers with its new Movers Edge Program, which offers various amenities and options for keeping subscribers connected to their triple-play services.

MetroPCS outs 1st VoLTE phone

August 8, 2012 3:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

MetroPCS has become the first operator in the country to launch voice service on an LTE network.

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Charter narrows basic video subscriber loss in Q2

August 7, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications narrowed its revenue loss, improved on the number of basic video subscribers it had lost over the previous quarter a year ago and added 29,000 new data subscribers.

Cablevision holds the line on video subs in Q2

August 7, 2012 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It was no surprise that Cablevision added data and phone customers in the second quarter, but the nation’s fifth-largest cable operator also managed to retain its basic video subscribers, as well.

AT&T to ax 2G by 2017, reuse spectrum

August 6, 2012 2:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T plans to shut down its 2G service by the beginning of 2017 as it works to address a spectrum shortage limiting capacity on its networks.

Former Comcast exec Craddock joins SeaChange’s board; Goldfarb departs

August 6, 2012 2:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International announced that former Comcast engineering executive Steve Craddock has joined its board of directors.

New Products - August 2012

August 3, 2012 12:02 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Clearleap now has available its ClearPlay Authentication service, GLDS has introduced an authorization service for TV Everywhere, GreenPeak Technologies announced the general availability of its GP510 communication controller chip, Tektronix has upgraded its Medius centralized management server for QoE, and PPC is providing a new mobile app that provides its customers with 24/7 access to step-by-step installation instructions and videos.

Time Warner Cable’s Q2 marked by seasonal disconnects

August 2, 2012 2:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO promises to start distributing IP-based gateways and set-tops beginning later this year.

Suddenlink’s revenue increases 6.5% in Q2

August 2, 2012 2:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications posted revenue of $513.3 million in the recently completed second quarter, which was a 6.5 percent increase from a year ago.

Reimagining data, content in an all-IP world

August 2, 2012 2:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The drying up of SMS and voice revenues is hastening the need for carriers to radically reinvent their businesses.

Comcast staunches flow of basic video losses in Q2; broadband flourishes

August 1, 2012 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the seventh consecutive quarter, Comcast has reduced the rate of its basic video subscribers losses, while overall second-quarter net profit increased 32 percent, thanks in part to new broadband subscribers.

Cable Bahamas picks UXP’s MINT Platform for multi-screen services

August 1, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable Bahamas has tabbed UXP Systems’ Multiscreen Interaction (MINT) Platform for an upcoming market trial on personalized, multi-screen video, voice and messaging services.

Survey: One-third of cable cord cutters won’t come back

July 30, 2012 1:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent survey, 33 percent of cord cutters would not return to cable operators’ embrace, even if the cost for the video service was drastically reduced.

FCC, S.D. utilities split on broadband fund reforms

July 30, 2012 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Broadband Internet access should start reaching more rural parts of the country after the Federal Communications Commission retooled a fund that has traditionally subsidized rural phone service.

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